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ACTER

ACTER  

(A Center for Theater, Education and Research)Founded in 1967 by Homer Swander, producing small-scale productions, often featuring Royal Shakespeare Company actors, touring throughout the USA.
Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley  

(b. Snaiton, Yorks, 31 Dec. 1943)Actor. Son of a Kenyan Asian physician and an English fashion model, in 1967 Kingsley joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where his roles included ...
Bill Alexander

Bill Alexander  

(1948–)British director, whose productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company1980–92 include Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (1980), Richard III (1984), The Merry Wives of Windsor (1985), A Midsummer Night's ...
English Shakespeare Company

English Shakespeare Company  

Troupe formed in 1986 by the director Bogdanov and the actor Pennington, chiefly in disillusion with the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. Seeking to make ...
Guy Woolfenden

Guy Woolfenden  

(b. 1937),English composer. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1961 and was its principal composer from 1963 until 1998. In this role he composed over 150 ...
John Barton

John Barton  

(b. London, 26 Nov. 1928)Director. While teaching at Cambridge, he brought acclaim to Marlowe Society productions through his knowledge of seventeenth-century verse, which led him in 1960 to ...
John Caird

John Caird  

(1948– )Canadian director who has worked extensively in England for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. His collaborations with Nunn at the RSC led to the epic productions ...
Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh  

(b. Belfast, 10 Dec. 1960)Actor, director, producer, and writer. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his mark in Another Country (1981) by Julian Mitchell ...
Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost  

A comedy by Shakespeare, probably written and performed about 1595, printed in quarto 1598. No major sources for it have been identified. It has often been felt to contain topical references (see ...
Michael Pennington

Michael Pennington  

(1943– )English actor. Pennington learned fine verse speaking and concern with complex texts at Cambridge, adding his rich and cutting voice and lithe stage presence. He soon began working with ...
Other Place

Other Place  

The RSC's studio theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, which opened in 1974. A corrugated ‘tin hut’ converted from a rehearsal space, it seated 140 and presented plays in repertory. Its programmes, which ...
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart  

(1940– )English actor. Stewart was associated with the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1966 for almost three decades, appearing in numberous productions, including The Revenger's Tragedy, Henry V, ...
Penguin Shakespeare

Penguin Shakespeare  

Penguin Books began a revolution in publishing with their sixpenny pocket paperbacks, and included in their early lists an edition of Shakespeare. The first six titles appeared in 1937, attractively ...
Richard Pasco

Richard Pasco  

(1926–)English actor, whose Shakespeare roles include Pericles (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 1954), Henry V, and Berowne (Bristol Old Vic, 1964), Hamlet (Bristol Old Vic, 1965, 1967), and, with the ...
School of Night

School of Night  

A name drawn from a satirical allusion in Love's Labour's Lost (iv. iii. 214), and first ascribed by Arthur Acheson in 1903 (Shakespeare and the Rival Poet) to a supposed circle of speculative ...
schools, Shakespeare in (British)

schools, Shakespeare in (British)  

Shakespeare's plays have been a presence in British schools since as early as 1728, when the Haymarket theatre advertised a production of Julius Caesar performed by ‘the young Noblemen of ...
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust  

Founded shortly after the Birthplace was bought for the nation in 1847, the Trust owns and administers the five historic Shakespeare houses in or near Stratford-upon-Avon, and also arranges cultural ...
Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon  

A town in Warwickshire, on the River Avon, famous as the birth and burial place of William Shakespeare, which is also the site of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Swan

Swan  

The RSC's third theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, opened in 1986 in the shell of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre destroyed by fire in 1926. A Jacobean-style playhouse seating 430 in three galleries ...
Swan Theatre

Swan Theatre  

Built on the Bankside, London, about 1595; drawn by de Witt; the Lord Chamberlain's Men probably played in it in 1596; it had ‘fallen to decay’ by 1632.

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